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Program Summary

Create a foundation for your future as a professional musician with a Masters of Music in Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Designed to help you achieve performance excellence by further developing your musicianship and expertise, the program combines academic study, intense musical instruction, research, pedagogical guidance, and solo and ensemble performance to provide advanced instrumentalists and vocalists the skills and confidence needed to take their careers to the next level.


Applied instruction from nationally and internationally recognized artists


Weekly coaching with professional accompanists provided by PBA


Networking opportunities with professional musicians


Numerous performance opportunities available in the South Florida area


University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music


Scholarships and assistantships available


Access to perform and study in beautiful facilities including DeSantis Family Chapel with 400+ seating and Helen K. Persson Recital Hall.

Program Details

The Master of Music in Performance program requires 36 credit hours consisting of:

  • Applied Study (60 minutes per week)
  • Studio and Higher Education Pedagogy
  • Music Literature
  • Music Theory
  • Bibliography
  • Traditional and Chamber Ensembles
  • One-hour Masters Recital

To apply for the Master of Music in Performance program, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree in music from a regionally accredited university with a 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher. The student’s academic record, GPA, and GRE score will be examined for admission, however, entrants with a GPA above 3.0 are excused from taking the GRE.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • GRE scores
  • Successful completion of a live audition and interview
  • Essay outlining future goals and personal interest in earning M.M.P. degree.

Students seeking admission from a country where English is not the primary language must have a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5.

All applicants will take a music history and a music theory competency examination prior to the first semester of attendance. Students who do not pass the examinations must take the respective review courses. Credit earned in for the review courses do not fulfill degree requirements.

Estimated tuition for the Master of Music in Performance program is $25,270. The cost of tuition is calculated based on 36 credit hours needed to complete the degree at $680 per credit, an applied lesson fee of $420, a recital fee of $150, and a graduate resource fee of $220.

Financial aid may include work study programs and student loans. Students must apply for financial aid each year at to determine eligibility. Contact with all financial aid questions.

*Cost based on 2018-2019 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Students of the Master of Music in Performance program have the accessibility to some of the top performing arts centers in South Florida including:

  • Helen K Persson Recital Hall
  • Vera Lea Rinker Hall
  • DeSantis Family Chapel
  • The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Career Outcomes

Prepare for a variety of careers including:

  • Professional Musician
  • Composer
  • Church Musician
  • Academia
  • Private Teaching Studio

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With a degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University, you can accelerate your career and make a difference.

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